Buses being used for transportation are being treated with Vital Oxide electrostatic foggers both before and after each transportation run. Residents are encouraged to strongly consider evacuating by early in the day Wednesday. Chambers County. Evacuations of more than 400,000 people were ordered across East Texas. Hurricane Laura has forced evacuations of over half a million people in Texas and Louisiana ahead of its expected landfall along the Gulf Coast early Thursday. Offenders assigned to the Gist State Jail will be evacuated to various Huntsville area units. As Laura approached the U.S. Gulf Coast, cities and counties in southeast Texas issued mandatory and voluntary evacuation orders. This map, using data from multiple sources, indicates evacuation zones in Texas based on zip zone, classified based on storm surge threat, as Hurricane Laura approaches. Officials say Laura did not create any major damage to infrastructure, residences or businesses in Polk County. The county says conditions on the mainland and Galveston Island are safe for residents to make the trip back to their properties. A voluntary evacuation order that had been declared for Harris County residents in evacuation Zones A and B has now been lifted. Alerts and updates will also be posted to www.seabrooktx.gov/Laura and on the city’s social media networks as the storm continues to move. Offenders assigned to the Goodman Unit will be evacuated to the Eastham Unit in Lovelady. Residents who are already signed up to receive alerts should review their communication preferences in the system. If residents reside in an incorporated city, they should listen to notices from those jurisdictions and follow any guidelines provided by their local city officials. The County Shelters were able to “stand down” Thursday morning and assist the shelter residents in returning home to their daily activities. Clients from the Beaumont Residential Reentry Center and Transitional Treatment Centers will be evacuated to the Jester 1 Unit in Richmond. The City has lifted the mandatory evacuation and residents who left the island may safely return today. TDCJ officials are working around the clock in preparation for Tropical Storms Marco and Laura approaching the Texas coast. The City of Kemah will resume normal operations Friday, August 28, 2020. 2:00 p.m.: Orange County Judge John Gothia the rail cars with products were "not a health hazard but an irritant." The county noted that first responders wouldn’t be able to travel once winds reach 35 mph. As of this morning, CenterPoint is not reporting any power outages in Galveston. Offenders assigned to the LeBlanc Unit will be evacuated to the East Texas Treatment Facility in Henderson. Areas that reported minimal impacts from the hurricane are now lifting their evacuation orders and allowing residents to return home. Residents in low lying areas including those along Clear Lake, Clear Creek and Dickinson Bayou, along with residents with medical needs and who use devices that require electricity, are strongly encouraged to consider evacuating. Residents are beginning to evacuate Galveston County after a mandatory order was issued ahead of Hurricane Laura. The … If you need help, you can call the non-emergency line at 409-766-2322. Texas A&M University-- University officials announced that it was issuing mandatory evacuation orders for all students on the Texas A&M University at Galveston campus effective Tuesday. The City will be working with the state on the safe return of residents who evacuated on buses. In alphabetical order, here's which areas have issued evacuation orders and which ones are mandatory. August 24, 2020 – The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is evacuating three secure facilities and a portion of a fourth facility, along with three residential facilities in the Beaumont and Jasper areas in preparation for Tropical Storm Marco and what is expected to become Hurricane Laura as the storms approach the South East Texas coast and the Gulf of Mexico. All offenders and staff are using N-95 mask PPE at all times. Officials say it is now safe for residents of the Bolivar Peninsula to return to their homes. Mayor Masters has declared a local disaster due to Hurricane Laura, and has issued a VOLUNTARY evacuation order for the City of Dickinson effective August 25th at 2:00 p.m. As of 11 a.m., Thursday August 27, 2020, Mayor Terri Gale has lifted the mandatory evacuation order for the City of Kemah. Texas Department of Criminal Justice | PO Box 99 | Huntsville, Texas 77342-0099 | (936) 295-6371, Link to Texas Department of Criminal Justice homepage, Report Waste, Fraud and Abuse of TDCJ Resources. An exceptionally busy Atlantic hurricane season was churning along Saturday as the Texas coast prepared for a tropical storm that could strengthen into a … Wind and storm surge are the greatest potential threats with Hurricane Laura. A mandatory evacuation has been ordered for the city of Galveston ahead of Hurricane Laura. The curfew has also been lifted. COVID Precautions are being taken in all evacuations. Evacuations are underway in Texas after remnants of Tropical Storm Imelda triggered tornadoes and dangerous flooding in the state. News. League City Mayor Pat Hallisey has issued a local state of disaster and a voluntary evacuation order for all of League City. Air monitors on sight are "still coming up clean." Baytown evacuations The City of Baytown recommended a voluntary evacuation of … Brazoria County will continue to provide updates on social media and the County website. The City says they did not sustain wind or storm damage, and water is receding in low-lying areas that experienced street flooding. Several Texas cities issue mandatory evacuation orders as Hurricane Laura strengthens in the Gulf. Update as of 2 p.m. on Aug. 26, 2020 Galveston County issued a mandatory evacuation for the Bolivar Peninsula. Hurricane Laura made landfall in Louisiana early Thursday morning as a Category 4 hurricane, and is weakening as it moves north. News Texas virus cases and hospitalizations continue to rise 11:20 p.m . State Highway 87 and State Highway 124 are being cleared by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and are expected to be opened later today. Evacuations affecting more than 125,000 were ordered in Louisiana. More than 385,000 residents were told to flee the Texas cities of Beaumont, Galveston and Port Arthur, and still more were ordered to evacuate low … PORT NECHES, Texas — Holiday plans for tens of thousands of families in southeast Texas were upended Wednesday after a pair of explosions at a chemical plant prompted an evacuation … Although Marco may not be a significant concern for Texas at this point, Laura does have the potential for storm surge, according to the Galveston County Office of Emergency Management. State Highway 87 and State Highway 124 have been cleared by the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) and the Bolivar-Galveston Ferry service has been restored. Some 330,000 Southeast Texas residents will officially be under a mandatory evacuation order as of 6:30 a.m. Tuesday as part of the first mandatory pre-hurricane evacuations in Southeast Texas … While the exact impacts of Hurricane Laura are unknown at this time, the City says there is an increased chance that some city services such as police, fire, and EMS may be affected by the storm. Evacuations ordered in Grand Prairie due to large natural gas fire near State Highway 360 The National Weather Service sent out an alert about the fire just after noon on Saturday. Train Hauling Chemicals Derails in Texas, Forcing Evacuations The derailment happened Thursday morning near Mauriceville, close to the Louisiana border Published October 29, 2020 • … This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The exact track of Hurricane Laura is still subject to change quickly and all residents are urged to have a plan in place in the event of a mandatory evacuation. Families may contact TDCJ’s 24-hour hotline at 844-476-1289 to obtain information about an offender. Out of an abundance of caution and in the interest of the safety of our students, faculty and staff, Texas A&M University at Galveston is issuing a mandatory evacuation effective Tuesday, August 25. The Beaumont Residential Reentry Center, two Transitional Treatment Centers, the Gist State Jail, LeBlanc Unit, and portions of the Stiles Unit in Beaumont, and the Goodman Unit in Jasper began evacuations Monday morning. For the media: If you need additional information, please contact the Communication Office at 936-437-6052 or at Jeremy.Desel@tdcj.texas.gov. TxDOT is also in the process of assessing conditions and working to restart the ferry service to the Peninsula. CBS affiliate KKOU-TV reports Hardin County, Texas, is terminating a mandatory evacuation order as of noon on Thursday, according to a news release from Hardin County Judge Wayne McDaniel. Stay tuned to your local news for the most updated evacuation news. County Judge Jay Knight has issued a voluntary evacuation for Liberty County. The City says the recommendation to voluntary evacuate should seriously be considered by the city’s most vulnerable populations, including those who are disabled or have medical conditions. Approximately 435 offenders assigned to the Stiles Unit will be evacuated to the Lewis Unit in Woodville. To register or to log in visit www.seabrooktx.gov/alerts. There will be no trash or recycling services on Thursday; service may resume on Friday depending on the impacts of the storm. ... our daily newsletter that keeps readers up to speed on the most essential Texas news. The National Weather Services has issued a Hurricane Warning for Seabrook and a Storm Surge Warning for Galveston Bay. EVACUATIONS: Houston, Galveston area cities, counties with evacuations ahead of Hurricane Laura People in Houston and all along the Gulf coast are … The moves will affect approximately 3,400 offenders and 200 clients assigned to these facilities and is expected to be completed later today. Tropical-storm-force winds may arrive by Wednesday evening. Residents should not leave their trash and recycling bins unsecured during the storm. Residents are leaving on buses following an evacuation order from Port Arthur, just 90 miles east of Houston. Live: Half a million evacuated amid fears of 'unsurvivable storm surge' when storm makes landfall as Category 4. MORE: Hurricane Evacuation Zones and Routes (by Zip Code). All facilities will be open and services available to the public. Storm surge, strong winds, and power outages are expected during the storm. HOUSTON - Hurricanes are a major threat to the Houston-Galveston region. The curfew order has been lifted, and there will not be a curfew in the city tonight. In Galveston County, Texas, which ordered a mandatory evacuation of low-lying areas on Tuesday, buses brought residents inland, but capped the number on each at 15 to 20 people because of the pandemic, said county official Zach Davidson. Mayor Thom Kolupski has extended the voluntary evacuation recommendation to the entire city. Area in southeast Texas evacuated following train derailment Mauriceville (Source: Orange County Office of Emergency Management) By Jeff Awtrey | October 29, 2020 at 12:26 PM CDT - … All residents, whether evacuating or planning to stay, should prepare their home by securing loose items outside the home including furniture, trampolines, potted plants, trash, and recycling containers, etc. MORE: Hurricane Laura brings damaging winds and flooding rainfall to Louisiana. Additional law enforcement assets have been dispatched to the unincorporated areas of Galveston County to provide added protection for residents’ properties as they make their return. While Wednesday service will not be impacted, residents should have their containers curbside by 7:00 a.m. and all containers must be secured or brought inside as soon as possible following pickup on Wednesday. August 24, 2020 – The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is evacuating three secure facilities and a portion of a fourth facility, along with three residential facilities in the Beaumont and Jasper areas in preparation for Tropical Storm Marco and what is expected to become Hurricane Laura as the storms approach the South East Texas coast and the Gulf of Mexico. Updates on preparation activities will be added as they become available to the TDCJ Web site at https://www.tdcj.texas.gov and on the agency’s social media pages. 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